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How the Chinese Communist Party congress will affect our region

  • Klaus Heinrich Raditio
    Klaus Heinrich Raditio

    Researching China’s recent behavior and strategy in the South China Sea for his PhD at the University of Sydney

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 17, 2017   /  10:26 am
How the Chinese Communist Party congress will affect our region The congress and Xi Jinping’s efforts to centralize his power are particularly relevant for our region. (AFP/Wang Zhao)

China will convene on Oct. 18 the most important meeting in its political structure: the 19th Communist Party congress. Given that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the nucleus of the Chinese state, the upcoming CCP Congress is considered the most decisive convention for the country’s future. The most anticipated result is the formation of the new Politburo Standing Committee (or the PSC, the highest body in the CCP’s hierarchy). Besides introducing the new members of the PSC, the 19th Congress will also solidify Xi Jinping’s rule. Ahead of the 19th Congress, Xi Jinping has been consistent in his efforts to create a favorable situation for his success. The most notable move was the purge of several potential rivals in the name of an anti-corruption campaign, such as Zhou Yongkang, Xu Caihui, Guo Boxiong, Ling Jihua and Sun Zhengcai. The purge of these senior of...

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